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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,914
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 287
Gots: 438 | FT: 8
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"
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Photo of steelerguy
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dark amber with ruby tones around the edge. Low carbonation and smallish head that fades to a covering leaving a good it of lacing.

S - The rye really comes though along with some roasted malts. A bit of grassiness along with some citrus and fruit from the hops. Complex and awesome.

T - There are a lot of IBUs in this beer but all that malt, with the sweetness of the rye balance it out perfectly. Good hop flavor, a good bit of citrus along with some floral/sweet type flavors. Again, great complexity and flavor.

M - Moderate body, would like a bit more carbonation to clean it up a bit at the end to get you ready for the next sip.

O - This is what I would call a complex beer, I can see it pairing with so many foods. This is a great beer that I wish just looked a touch better.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a coulple O bottles of this in separate trades. Thanks, folks!

Very strong tan head fills my pint glass almost to the top. It's falling slowly, and there's a bit of very hazy light brown-peach liquid under. Held up to the light, the liquid's red qaulities come alive, wth more range emerging, as well.

Smell is lovely. Hops hit right up fornt, followd quickly by a sweet maltiness and a ht of rye rght at the end, combined with hops.

Wowza. Nice. The hop flavour builds as it goes along, with a noted woody rye kick from iddle to end. Nicely done.

Carbonation is just a touch high for me, and hits at the front of the tongue and in the throat. Liquid is medium.

Easy drinker, with enough complexity to get your attention. Well done, Founder's.

Be well

Photo of dsa7783
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Red Ale Made With Rye" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a ruby-red, crimson-colored hue with very minimal lacing...
Aroma rendolent of amber grains, rye, ripe fruits, and a touch of cream...
Rye dominates the taste, with a strong suggestion of amber, red grains, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of bread and butter essences...
Excellent depiction of the style... up there with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, but with a stronger suggestion of "red ale"...
Creamy, rich, tasty mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability to match, and, like most Founder's brews, the alcohol is near-impossible to detect...
Good stuff...

Photo of --Dom--
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy ruby-tobacco. 1 finger off white head, good lacing. Smells of syrupy malt and piney hops.

Amazing flavor. Smooth to start out with, earthy pine hop flavors along with a sweet malty backbone. The finish is slightly more bitter than the start with the hops coming forward toward the end. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and thick, not in a bad way though. Carbonation is medium. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The harshness of the rye is held in check by the other flavors. I'm glad I got it and will probably be picking up a sixer of it in the near future.

Photo of climax
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a rich red color. It's cloudy with a modest head that fades to leave a chronic ring around the edge and a patch of bubbles on top.

The nose oozes malted milk balls, cocoa, and dark rye bread. This isn't a half rye beer, this is a rye beer. The citrus tang from the hops is assertive and plays with the aforementioned flavors very politely. This is gonna be a heavy hitter.

The rye isn't quite up front and center, but it blends a spicy yet sweet malt character with a very assertive pine and grapefruit hop bill. The rye malt brings incredible warmth and balance to an already solid IPA. The finish is bitter and lingers long and obvious.

The body is on the medium side, and creamy from beginning to end. The carbonation is crisp and sharp, adding a little drama to an otherwise smooth feel.

Anyone looking for a solid IPA spiced up with a confident malt profile, give it a shot.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a dark red color with one finger soapy off-white head. Left minimal lace

S- Huge grapefruit aroma, sweet tropical fruits, pine, breadiness, caramel. Very astringent and sweet aroma. This beer smells amazing.

T- Sweet grapefruit and floral notes. Bready and caramel notes with a spicy finish. An intensely bitter beer, high astringency, and sweet hop presence

M- High carbonation, tongue tickling, smooth, finishes dry

O- This beer has an amazing aroma and maybe the best aftertaste of any beer I have ever had, this beer stays with you. Really great beer.

Photo of BBP
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brownish orange color. Slight head which settles down into a thin film that remains for the duration of the drink. Good lacing.

S- Tons of citrus hops here. No noticeable rye. Very powerful scent which seems like it would belong more to a DIPA than a rye beer.

T- The taste is more like an IPA than a rye beer from my experience. The hops seem to be the focus while the rye seems like a subtle nuance. It adds some spice and heat to the beer, but not a very significant amount. Caramel malt is on par with the rye. That being said both are considerably small flavors when matched with the citrus and pine in the hops.

M- Pretty creamy. Leaves a slightly dry and slightly sticky finish. Carbonation seemed slightly overdone, but wasn't offensive. Medium body.

D- Pretty solid drinkability. I could either toss a few of these back or take my time and enjoy one. It's a well crafted brew with no real flaws.

The only thing actually bugging me about this beer is the classification. As much as there's rye in it, I think it should be in the IPA category. The amount of rye I tasted was pretty slim, or perhaps buried beneath all the hops. I need to try another bottle or two to see if mine is off, but it seems like an IPA with a touch of rye added.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a ruby hue, and a patchy, off-white head. Thin lacing.
Smell is bready malts, rye, and hops. Some fairly subtle notes of caramel, with some ample notes of pineapple and citrus. Not overly complex, but what is there is excellent.
Taste is bready malts which quickly become crackery and carry about halfway through. Some rye and assertive, grassy/piney hops. Pineapple, citrus. Finish is slightly bitter, with a touch of malts and rye.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a slightly sticky finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is very good. Tastes so great, and makes me ilfing.

Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've loved this from the bottle, but this casked version "bombed with simcoe" was a completely different animal.

a: This was a cloudy golden caramel color and it was served to me with a small khaki colored head.

s: Lots and lots of grassy, oniony, unbelievably pungent hop goodness with some citrus in the back round. Some rye and a bit of caramel sweetness does manage to come through.

t: A deliciously unbalanced hop showcase. Tons of earthy, pungent, (kind of garlic-y and onion-y), and sort of citric hopliciousness just pounds the palate. Some rye spiciness and a trace caramel sweetness does come through, bur precious little.

m: Kind of a sticky body with gentle, creamy carbonation.

o: What a fun beer to have tried. I wouldn't choose it over the regular version everyday, but I'm really glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to GABF which starts tonight. I may not be able to attend but I can still have a great beer!

I picked up a sixer of this while in Ohio for my friend's wedding and brought a couple home to Colorado.

Specs on the 12oz. stubby bottle are a little different from the BA page: 70 IBUs and 6.6% ABV.

Served cool into my Buckeyes pint glass. Red's Rye P.A. is a hazy, not quite murky, redish brown beer with a thick cap of head that sticks around a nice long time.

Aroma is big on hops, as it should be, but definately with an East coast tilt to it. It smells both caramel sweet and barleywine bitter.

The flavor of this beer is fantastic. There's so much going on between the toasty, caramel malt backbone that just about has enough in it to stand up to the hops. Some nice spice from the rye but not too much. A great combination of earthy, grass, spicy hops along with a good amount of citrus and pine. Very well made beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with low to medium carbonation. It has a pretty decent balance but leans towards the hoppy side. Starts sweet but finishes with a nice bitter kick.

Overall a pretty good IPA and great rye beer.
Founders, Bells, Great Lakes - If you're listening, we want you in Colorado!

Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy shade of red with a thick creamy white foam with great lacing.

Smelled of bitter rye notes mixing in with some nice hop odor.

Taste was great, a nice toasty bready rye taste up front mixing with a very potent bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel was full with a super dry finish.

Drinkability on this great beer is great! This one is going to have some staying power in my fridge.

Photo of mscudder
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - A rich amber with a thick off white head. Fair retention.

S - Rye, grapefruit and floral spices.

T - Bursting with rich grapefruit flavor. Begins with a strong bitterness that sinks into the sweetness of the fruit. It closes with a pinch of caramel. Excellent.

M - A nice malt backbone gives this beer something to lean up against. The carbonation is on point, complimenting all the flavors. The body is on the strong side of mild.

O - I am shocked that this is one of the last brews from Founders that has made it to my fridge. Bursting with almost chewy fruit and rye flavor, this is a must try.

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: short stubby 12oz. bottle with an old paper-colored label. an illustration of an old einstein-lookin' guy on the front. "red's rye" and "red ale made with rye" printed in black across the label in an artsy script font. founders logo is very small on top of the label. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a hazy red-brown with nice bright red highlights in a pint glass. head is a very tight light reddish-tan half inch. i poured vigorously to get some more head, but this half-inch lasted forever! pillowy with nice lacing. bubbles rise through the brew constantly.

smell: first whiff is of citrus and floral hops. grapefruit and a tad spicy. some sweet malty undertones as well. more sweet fruit as the beer warms.

taste: strong grapefruity hop flavors and lightly bitter. spicy bready flavors from the rye and maybe some from the hops. nice sweet fruity flavors as the brew warms. maybe some peaches. some tongue coating resins. wow, hops and rye flavors mix very well. super tasty. finish is lightly bitter and oddly sweet. nice hoppy and spicy aftertaste.

mouthfeel: crisp, but a nice medium body. carbonation is excellent as well. rolls around nicely, but leaves a resin on your tongue. swallow is surprisingly just average.

drinkability: good drinkability. very tasty and aromatic. finish and aftertaste are no match for the sipper. alcohol is well hidden.

overall: what can i say? i like it. a lot. very tasty brew. a lot like an apa but with a delicious spicy rye kick. easy session brew. i received this in a trade, and i wish i had a lot more.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a slight cloudiness and 3 finger-widths of frothy head. Wonderful subtle aroma of fresh oranges and grapefruits.

The name of this beer (``Rye PA'') serves as an appropriate pun. Nicely balanced flavor that tilts ever so slightly towards the hops. Nobody who came to this party makes a spectacle of themselves, but the rye hangs around to help clean up a bit after everyone else has gone home. As a fan of rye whiskey, I wouldn't mind a little more rye spiciness. What's there is very subtle.

This is one of my favorite beers and I will definitely buy this again (soon and often). Wonderful flavor, spot-on balance, and very easy to drink. This is why we drink craft beers. I could drink this every day.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red's Rye pours a beautiful burnt orange sienna body with a huge chunky billowing tan head that stands strong and leaves chunks of lacing. The look is like none other. Unfiltered and cloudy as well.

The aroma is pungent hops that impart a grapefruit nose along with plenty of sweet malt.

The taste is quite bitter, but balanced well with loads of malt. The finish brings forth the rye spice character. I am gonna guess Amarillo was used in this brew.

The mouthfeel is quite full with carbonation on the low side. This doesn't bother me too much.

This is by far one of the best somewhat easily available rye beers out in the market and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Photo of Mojo
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Pours a dark amber, almost orange in tint, with a small head and some lacing. Smell is pleasant and it has a wonderful mouthfeel. Taste is fairly complex with a hint of sweetness progressing to a bitter rye flavor on the backend. Worth a taste for sure!!!

Photo of Jenkster4
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper-ish brown, pretty cloudy, and not much on the head, nice lacing.

Nose: Has a nice hop profile, floral, slight citrus. Getting some bready malts, caramel, and a little toffee, and a bit of spice in the mix.

Taste: Get a lot of the characters that you pick up on the nose. I got the sweet malts along with some of the caramel up front, and some of the hops on the backside. It finishes with a hop bitterness then a roasted toffee sweetness on the very back of the tongue.

Mouth: Medium bodied, pleasant, semi creamy, yet smooth.

Overall: I liked this one a lot. Just another solid beer from Founders. You can pretty much expect a solid brew from them every time. Yes indeed I would buy this again... and again.

Photo of Crundy
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very pleasant orange deep amber color, off white head and sticky lacing.

S: lots of piney and citrus hops and strong rye aroma.

T: Lots of rye up front, bitter piney and floral hops, subtle minor sweetness from the malt backbone.

M: very dry but smooth and crisp and well carbonated. medium bodied and it had a subdued bitter aftertaste that was no unpleasant.

O: great beer, I've heard nothing but good things about Founder's beers and this one did not disappoint. I had this beer with wood oven baked pizza and it paired very nicely.

Photo of bahumutx
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice dark red with a nice head and very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of rye and hops. A very interesting and unique smell.

Taste: First taste to hit the tongue is that of rye. It slightly tastes like you are biting into a piece of rye bread. I can also taste a slight fruit taste and it also has a slight hop bite to it. It finishes with a slight malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Great Mouthfeel. Somewhat chewy but also smooth. Very unique but great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my first rye beer and I like this style. Yet another fine offering from the folks at Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by one of their brews. Keep up the great work!!!

Photo of Phocion
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Tosque. Poured into a pint glass, dark red with a stubborn finger of frothy off-white head.

I'm not too familiar with rye beers, so I'm not exactly sure how this one's supposed to smell/taste. The nose reminds me more of an IPA or even a double. Very strong earthy hops with just a hint of grapefruit and a dab of caramel malts.

Whoa. Hops seem a bit more tamed down than in the nose now that the spiciness of the rye is a little more prevalent. As before, healthy caramel malty background.

Very smooth and creamy with a nice medium-bodied feel. Definitely a high drinkability and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. My second experience with Founders and they are definitely shaping up into one of my favorite Midwestern breweries.

Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug22 2010

A a hazy ruby red with plenty of carbonation floating up to a two finger tan head that slowly falls to a 1/2in film leaving several partial rings of lace

S some citrus plenty of caramels and some spicy rye malt with some floral hops

T flavors mimic the smell quite well but with a little more to it, some burnt sugar and a bready aspect that works quite well for it, some sweetness and just a hint of booze

M thicker then I would have guessed and fairly bitter, I knew I drank a real beer because I could taste it well after finishing the last drop

D such a well rounded beer and quite easy to drink, I would love to drink this again and will if I get the chance

another thanks to irishkyle21 for sending this one my way, I regret giving the second bottle to a friend before tasting it, I may have been selfish had I'd known how much I would've enjoyed, that's OK though my mother always told me to share the love

Photo of becktone
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: All in all you really can't ask for more from this one in terms of appearance. Aptly named this one is red in color with orange and yellow hues. A bit hazy with moderatly acitve carbonation. Head is just off white and is creamy with nice retention and size, about a finger's width. Nice lacing too, sheets with rings where the beer comes to rest between sips.

Nose: That familiar aroma of citrusy grapefruit comes through quite upfront in this one. Behind that there is some graininess. Not the same as what I'd usually describe as grainy though. Some general spiciness too. I think that these two in combination is actually the rye. Just different overall, I mean that caramel aroma is there, that is easy, but the rest of it is unfamiliar...gotta be the rye. All in all real nice.

Tongue: Very clean overall with some dry character. These are characteristics of the rye I'm thinking. Hop bitterness is there, countering the sweet malty charcter of this brew. Spiciness from rye adds depth. Bitterness lingers, pretty characteristic for an APA. All in all a great brew.

Feel and Drinkability: Creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is in check and it just goes down smooth. This one is easy to drink and I can see myself going after another sixer of this easily and in the near future. Body is medium-light helped by carbonation which gives it a lighter feel than what it actually has. Finishes clean and semi-dry. Bitterness lingers. Rye character lingers at the end too, hard to say what its like, but I know that it is different than any kind of flavor you get from barley. Very nice all in all.

Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden, served chilled in a standard pint

A- The color is deep tarnished copper w/ thick 1/2 inch of light tan, a good amount of clarity for a hoppy rye w/ some spotty lace collecting w/ a tight bead

S - The smell is full of citrus notes w/ juicy orange and lots of grapefruit w/ slight grassiness and subtle caramel fruitiness w/ light toasted note

M - A strong bitter quality in the feel is complimented by rye spice and moderately high carbonation giving a slight sharp edginess on the palate which is pleasant w/ a dry acidic finish

T - The flavor has a sweet grassy taste w/ bitter citrus flavors from the hops and slight aspirin tinge of Amarillo w/ mild grapefruit edge and light tannic rind notes w/ moderate acidity. The malt adds nice contrast w/ mild toasted rye accents and the grassy hop taste plays of the spice in the rye malt w/ mild woody tinge in the peripheral. The gentle bitter decline and tangerine notes in the finish are very pleasant w/ a dry leafy end

D - I LOVE this rye - the hoppiness fits the style well and compliments the hop profile is great with just enough spice to keep you coming back - drinks very smoothly for such a bitter ale - wonderful - Kudos Founders!

Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz short brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This beer poured a deep reddish copper color with an enormous off-white head that shrank slowly leaving a soapy sheet of lacing down the glass. This beer was seriously carbonated!

S= I sensed aromas of piney hops, tons of rye, maltiness, and a bit of alcohol.

T= This beer was a taste explosion! Perceived bitterness up front (probably from the nose) followed by the malty/spicy rye blast. It had a relatively dry and alcohol laden finish.

MF= I enjoyed the high carbonation levels found here as well as the relatively heavy mouthfeel.

D= I was blown away by this beer. Maybe I didn't go into it expecting enough, but this is a big beer. My only real critique is that it is a bit overcarbonated - and that's saying something from a guy who loves high Belgian carbonation levels! Highly recommended.

Photo of GregoryVII
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ruby amber color, brilliant hue, catches the light and uses it to illuminate itself from within. Moves like a light syrup, licking the sides of the glass, decent head. Sweet malty scents with hops coming over the top, more subtle on top of the sweet. Smell of freshly mowed lawn, zest of pine, leaves, maple syrup. An almost toasty flavor on the first sip, malt and rye, beautiful together. The rye is crisp and refreshing, lingers on the tongue. The bitter and the sweet rejoice in this beer. This beer is an Indian summer in a bottle. It is a crisp, delightful experience.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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